Lampe’s hat trick leads Bobcats to win
by Seth Rothman
February 1, 2008
Eric Lampe was a one-man-wrecking crew, and Quinnipiac continued its good fortunes in New York’s Capital District.
The sophomore scored all three Bobcat goals to lead Quinnipiac (15-7-3, 7-3-3 ECAC) to a 3-2 win over homestanding RPI (9-16-3, 4-8-2 ECAC) in front of 2,906 at the Houston Field House in Troy, New York.
Quinnipiac hasn’t lost at the Houston Field House since 2005, including a 2 game playoff sweep of the Engineers in 2006. They are 3-0-1 in their last four against RPI in Troy, and 4-0-3 in their last seven games all-time against the Engineers.
Rensselaer’s Andrew Lord scored the first tally of the game after Quinnipiac’s Ben Nelson took a holding penalty 10:42 into the opening period. Lord won the faceoff, got it back to assistant captain Jon Ornelas, who sent it to freshman Chase Polachek. His shot was deflected by Lord into the twine six seconds after the power play started to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead they would take into the locker room.
In the second period, Quinnipiac got on the board. Dan Henningson, who was questionable for this weekend after injuring his foot against Niagara last weekend, shot one towards the goal that was blocked. Lampe intelligently found the biscuit lying out in front and deposited it home 6:09 into the middle stanza.
Three minutes thirty seconds later, Lampe had another. This time, it was thanks to Mike Atkinson. The sophomore from Sparta, New Jersey won a battle behind the net, and found Lampe who wrapped around for his second of the night at 9:39 of period two.
But Lampe, who scored his first career hat trick, wasn’t done. Again, Lampe parked himself in front of the net, waited for a rebound off a blast from Henningson, and batted it home to give Quinnipiac the 3-1 lead with 4:59 remaining in the contest.
From there, Quinnipiac hung on for the last five minutes after RPI pulled its goaltender and RPI defenseman Bryan Brutlag scored the final goal of the game with just under one minute left. Bud Fisher made 21 stops for Quinnipiac, and RPI’s Mathias Lange stopped 26 pieces of frozen rubber in the losing effort.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday when they face off against Union at Messa Rink in Schenectady, New York. Game time is slated for 7pm.
NOTES: Lampe’s hat trick gives him 10 goals on the season. He also becomes the first Bobcat to register two multiple goal games. … Henningson’s two assists give him 14 helpers, a number that leads all Quinnipiac defensemen this season. … Quinnipiac has now won 11 of its last 13, while RPI has dropped 11 of its last 12. … The win moves the Bobcats into a 2-way-tie for second place with Cornell at 17 points. Clarkson leads the league with 21 points, and Princeton, Union, and Yale are each 1 point away from Quinnipiac and Cornell at 16 points. … Union defeated Princeton on Friday by a final of 4-3. The Dutchmen have now won 12 of their last 15 games.